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Presidential Libraries Are a Scam. Could Obama Change That?

Last week, Barack Obama unveiled the plans for his presidential center, to be built in the historic Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago. Architects, city planners, educators, community organizers, activists, pundits, boosters and critics all have weighed in on the look and on the plans. But …

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Climate change is making us sick, top U.S. doctors say

From increases in deadly diseases to choking air pollution and onslaughts of violent weather, man-made climate change is making Americans sicker, according to a report released Wednesday by 11 of the nation's top medical societies.<p>The report was prepared by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate …

Ex-CIA director Hayden says millennials leak secrets because they are ‘culturally’ different

The latest massive leak of government secrets — a trove of apparent CIA documents posted online this week by WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy organization — is still so new that federal officials say they are only in the early stages of investigating the breach.<p>Still, the former head of the CIA has a …

How About a New Theory of Evolution with Less Natural Selection?

In early November, a group of preeminent biologists, doctors, anthropologists, and computer scientists met in London to consider making a major …

Scientists Recreated One of Our Deadliest Plagues to Understand Its Evolution

The bacterium behind the Black Death and Justinian's Plague comes back to life.<p>The bacterium behind the infamous Black Death plague recently resurfaced: Last year, a small outbreak killed several people in Colorado, and a larger pandemic on the island nation of Madagascar claimed the lives of at …

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A talent for politics? Academics, failure, and emotion

Sometimes a fragment of a book manages to lodge itself in the back of your mind. An idea, a description, a phrase…just something, and often …

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Explanation and Integration in Mind and Brain Science

Edna Ullmann-Margalit<p>2018.05.02 : <a href="https://ndpr.nd.edu/news/normal-rationality-decisions-and-social-order/" >View this Review Online</a> | …

Narcissism in Science

(Note: judging from the article, ‘narcissist’ is not being used in a diagnostic sense.)The central claim of Lemaitre’s new book, as the title …

FALSE: Mark Cuban Said Fact-Checking Millennials Will Vote for Democrats

CLAIM<p>Mark Cuban said that Millennials will probably vote for a Democrat in 2016, "because they fact-check everything." See Example( s …

Why Cocaine Turns People into Jerks, a Simple Explanation

We asked a scientist about the physical process that turns nice, normal people into assholes after they've done a couple lines.<p>Cocaine's a funny drug, isn't it? I can't think of any other substance—bar maybe alcohol—with the power to turn a relatively nice, normal human being into an absolute …

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The Latest: Trump pondering 'wet foot, dry foot' policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (All times EDT):<p>12:10 a.m.<p>Donald Trump says he plans to meet with Cuban-Americans to help determine whether he'll support continuing the "wet foot, dry foot" immigration policy.<p>The Republican presidential nominee says the meeting will take …

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Scientists Discover Sharks That Can Live for 400 Years

Nobody knows if the Mayflower sailed by a baby Greenland shark when the Pilgrims made their crossing to the new world in 1620. But if the Mayflower …

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Studies shine light on mysterious placenta, how it goes awry

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists carefully probe a placenta donated after birth, bluish umbilical cord still attached. This is the body's most mysterious …

Can killer whales help solve the mystery of menopause?

Scientists from Exeter and York University are studying the evolution of the menopause, and have found clues to its origin in killer whales.<p>Humans and orca are two of only three species that evolved to stop having babies half-way through their lives - something even great apes and long-lived …

This iPhone App Blocks Behavior-Tracking Ads and Evades Blocker-Blockers

The age of the ad-blocker-blocker-blocker is here.<p>Amid the ongoing chaos of the ad-blocking wars, a two-person team of privacy activists have launched Better, a new content-blocking app for iOS with a slightly different approach that seems to evade the blocker-detection schemes of several major …

‘Donald Is Divorcing Marla’: Read the Anecdote Trump’s Biographer Said the Businessman Wanted Removed From His Biography

In a video of a 2005 lecture at the Library of Congress recently rediscovered by Buzzfeed, Donald Trump biographer Robert Slater said that an unflattering anecdote about Trump was removed from the final version of the book at the businessman’s request.<p>Slater, who wrote “No Such Thing as …

Yeast Infections Linked To Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder In New Study

'Clinicians should make it a point to look out for these infections in their patients with mental illness.'<p>Yeast infections have been linked to …

What Your Book Organization Style Says About You

It's almost more telling than what you read.<p>It's not just the subject matter of the books you read that reveal insights into your personality — the way you organize said spines is very telling, too. You see, some arrangements are all about being practical, while others focus more on being …

How Synthetic Marijuana Is Killing Teens

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Spice” is defined as “a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to …

Grammy-award winning artists Vince Gill and Jennifer Nettles, CMA and ACM winning artist Lee Brice, and Lennon & Maisy, music duo and real-life sisters from the television series, “Nashville,” will lead the entertainment for the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday, Jan. 31.

What we talk about when we talk about black protesters: A history of right-wing dogwhistles

<b>(AP/Bob Dougherty/Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)</b><p>Ronald Reagan perfected the use of coded racial language to court white voters. His strategy persists to this day<p>Conor Lynch<p>April 28, 2015 7:29pm (UTC)<p>"Liberals won't get angry about the #BaltimoreRiots unless the rioters start carrying off loot in …

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Could just two people repopulate Earth?

The last man on Earth is a common trope in fiction – but what if it actually happened? How many people would it take to save our species?<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>The alien predators arrived by boat. Within two years, everyone was …

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Oregon Sheriff Says Militia Has 'No Intention' of Leaving Federal Land

The Harney County Sheriff's Office has requested assistance from state and federal officers from the 36 other counties in Oregon until a peaceful …

Stress from Poverty Decreases Child Brain Sizes—Even at Birth — NOVA Next | PBS

The size of a child’s brain may be determined before he or she is even born.<p>Though the idea has been controversial, some scientists have long …

Dangerous Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in Food Products for the First Time

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been haunting the halls of hospitals for years, but unless you were in a health care setting, you didn’t have to …

Name-Callers, Deniers and Writer Sexism: Which Side Are You On, Guys?

<b>Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. --Khaled Hosseini</b><p>A few questions:<p>Why do some folks get in such an uproar when women simply ask for a fair shake, equal footing?<p>Why does anyone think women writers are exempt from institutional sexism? The</i> …